Students of Sylvania's St. Joseph School racing through the streets on Friday morning.
On May 7, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., the youth will be running for Positive Directions. Sylvania Police will have westbound Convent closed during the event. Sylvania's police officers and volunteers working the event, and allowing car traffic in and out of Lourdes University, but only when there is space between the young runners. It is highly recommended to take Brinthaven to Lourdes University during that time frame. Neighboring streets, and the Northview and South Main Street area, will also be affected with heavier traffic.
Positive Direction is a year-long program for middle school students at Saint Joseph Parish School (with the support and encouragement from elementary students). The purpose of the program is to demonstrate the importance of setting goals, and then making positive choices to achieve these goals. All throughout the year, students have opportunities to learn from speakers with motivational and inspirational including respect for self and others, consequences and behavioral effects of drugs and alcohol, and social media dangers. Students also learn about the importance of faith and living a life that is healthy in mind, body, and spirit.
In May, the Positive Direction program culminates in three days of very special events. These events include Mass for grades 3-8, a breakfast with parents, a day of community service, a spiritual retreat and speakers on various topics. In an effort to celebrate the talents of all students, there is an essay contest, a slogan/theme contest, and a T-shirt design contest.
On Friday May 7, the final day of this special event week, the 7th and 8th grade students will participate in a Best Foot Forward 5L/3K Challenge and will celebrate the program's completion with an afternoon of fun.